Influencing EU policy
22 April 2011 | Article
It is not a surprise that the European Parliament is divided into various political groups and Committees, but Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) can also be united through Intergroups according to their interest on certain issues. The Climate Change, Biodiversity and Sustainable Development Intergroup is an informal grouping of MEP’s from all nationalities and political colours who share an interest in the two most fundamental environmental challenges of the coming decades: biodiversity loss and climate change. Established in 1994 with the support of IUCN it has grown to be the largest and most influential Intergroup within the European Parliament.
Following the European Parliament elections in June 2009, it had to be re-formed, according to the European Parliament rules governing the Intergroups. With the overwhelming support of the four main political groups, the Intergroup provides a platform for MEP’s to have in-depth discussions leading to the integration of environmental and sustainable development issues in the legislative activities of the European Parliament.
For this year, a range of Intergroup meetings are planned all across the 11 subgroups on topics such as Implementing The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity, the International Year of Forestry, the Life-cycle of Water and Biodiversity, Raw Material Shortage and Access to Renewable Energy and many more. The meetings usually take place in the European Parliament in Brussels or Strasbourg.
If you wish receive invitations to the Intergroup meetings or for more information about our work with the Intergroup, please send an email to Anouska Plasmeijer. For more information visit the EBCD website